Rebecca Bashara’s jewelry springs from the melding of a naturalist and a natural born artist/metalsmith. Her original designs reverberate with the peace, freedom and spontaneity of a walk on the beach, a hike along a river trail, a climb up a mountain peak, or a meditation in the deepest of woods. Rebecca is the true rock hound. She personally hunts for and finds each stone that is used in her honest, graceful compositions. Her newest jewelry contains stones from the Puget Sound and the Columbia River Gorge.
Her talent was discovered early and Rebecca began selling her creations when she was just a teenager. She refined and honed her craft at the DesMoines Art Center on a Talented and Gifted Scholarship; the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gattlinburg, Tennessee; and at the Pendland School of Arts and Crafts, Asheville, North Carolina. Later she earned a degree in Metalsmithing at the University of Kansas and received two scholarships while there.She spent half a year wandering in Hawaii “carrying her studio in a suitcase” while creating and selling jewelry made from ocean glass and other found objects. Ever since, Rebecca has made her living as a metalsmith and jewelrymaker. She continues to develop her skills through the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and relevant workshops.
See more of her work at www.rbashara.com.